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#Trademark?

Posted on 06th August 2015 in Intellectual Property

The great benefit of social media as a marketing tool is its immediate and powerful market reach. The use of hashtags (words and phrases preceded by the ‘#’ symbol to identify and search for trending topics) has become a popular method of consumer engagement.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Why have a website privacy policy?

Posted on 09th June 2015 in Intellectual Property

Website privacy policies are often ignored or copied from a competitor.  This approach fails to recognise the value that a privacy policy can have to a business as well as the huge risk of failing to comply with data protection legislation.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Are you required to pay council tax on staff accommodation?

Posted on 29th May 2015 in Parks

If you provide staff accommodation in caravans on your holiday park and your employees have to occupy the accommodation for the better performance of their duties then those caravans could be included in your business rates rather than being assessed for council tax.  Business rates are usually cheaper than council tax. 

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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The problem of confusingly similar trade marks

Posted on 13th May 2015 in Intellectual Property

Once a trade mark is registered, others will be prevented from registering a confusingly similar mark for the same or similar services.  This poses a problem for a business with a similar name who also wish to register it. 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What if you don’t register a trade mark?

Posted on 23rd April 2015 in Intellectual Property

We often refer on this blog to the need to register a trade mark because of how difficult it is to stop a competitor using your name without one.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Holiday parks – do you require a TV Licence?

Posted on 23rd January 2015 in Parks

All park owners who offer accommodation with installed televisions or other devices which enable a person to watch and record television programmes as they are being shown must have a TV Licence.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

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Electricity and Gas- What can you charge?

Posted on 25th October 2014 in Parks

The resale of electricity and gas is subject to a maximum resale price which is set by Ofgem. Since 1 January 2003 the maximum price at which electricity and gas can be resold is the same price as the reseller was charged by the supplier, including any standing charges.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Holiday Licence Agreements – are they important?

Posted on 23rd October 2014 in Parks

A written holiday Licence Agreement is an essential tool for park owners to protect their businesses.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Electricity and gas – what can a mobile or holiday park owner charge?

Posted on 01st August 2014 in Parks

The resale of electricity and gas is subject to a maximum resale price (“the MRP”) which is set by Ofgem. Since 1 January 2003 the maximum price at which electricity and gas can be resold is the same price as the reseller was charged by the supplier. This includes the costs of any standing charges billed by the supplier.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Absence of a 5 year land supply fails to tip balance in favour of development in the green belt

Posted on 14th July 2014 in Planning and Licensing, Local Authorities

In an appeal decision against a refusal by Waverley Borough Council a planning Inspector has refused permission for the development of land within the Green Belt despite the Council being unable to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Who is selling this horse anyway?

Posted on 20th March 2014 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters

The H&H has reported the latest outcome in a long running dispute over the sale of a horse which has so far apparently cost the seller over 50 times the sale price.  The case appears to have turned into a dispute about whether the apparent seller was in fact selling the horse as an agent for someone else.  A huge amount of court time has been spent deliberating about what the three protagonists – owner, seller and buyer – thought was happening. The appeal court has now sent the case back to the county court to make an objective assessment according to the laws of agency as to which were in actual fact the contracting parties.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Climate Change Levy

Posted on 21st February 2014 in Parks

A park’s electricity or gas supply will not be considered as being for domestic use where it is used to carry out business activities such as office activities, retail or catering outlets or leisure or sporting activities for which a charge is made.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor